BlackBerry Curve 8530 - black (Verizon Wireless) comparison

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Blackberry Curve 3G 9330 - charcoal gray (Verizon Wireless)

Blackberry Curve 3G 9330 - charcoal gray (Verizon Wireless)
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BlackBerry Bold 9930 (Verizon Wireless)

BlackBerry Bold 9930 (Verizon Wireless)
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BlackBerry Curve 8520 - black (T-Mobile)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 - black (T-Mobile)
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Price $259 at 1 store $99 to $152 at 2 stores $93 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 2.5 stars out of 47 reviews 3.5 stars out of 8 reviews 3.5 stars out of 40 reviews 3.0 stars out of 29 reviews
Release date November 05, 2009 September 20, 2010 August 15, 2011 August 05, 2009
The Bottom Line While we're not huge fans of the design, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 is a good choice for first-time smartphone buyers and offers more than its GSM counterpart. Despite its entry-level status, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 is a decent smartphone for the price. The BlackBerry Bold 9930 is the best QWERTY BlackBerry to date, but should be priced lower. The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a sleek entry-level smartphone that delivers some nice design enhancements and great performance. While available directly from T-Mobile, Wal-Mart offers the better value on the smartphone.

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Specific absorption rate (SAR) Info unavailable Info unavailable 0.78 W/Kg
Info unavailable
Cellular technology CDMA2000 1X
CDMA2000 1X
GSM / CDMA / UMTS
GSM
Weight 3.7 oz
3.7 oz
4.59 oz
3.7 oz
Talk time Info unavailable Up to 270 min
Up to 396 min
Up to 270 min
Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
IEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Bluetooth 2.1
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
IEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
Service Provider Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless
T-Mobile
Band / mode CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
Info unavailable GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband)
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